Paterno meets Krzyzewski in ESPN special


After the College World Series ends, ESPN doesn’t have a lot going on for the rest of the summer; at least until the NFL lockup ends, the sports cable behemoth will have a tough time coming up with programming to show you. It’s no wonder then, why ESPN filmed a special television event in State College yesterday. With a dark cloud cast over college athletics by recent scandals, getting one of the most beloved and honorable university football coaches in America together with one of the most beloved and honorable university basketball coaches in America doesn’t seem like a bad idea.

To be honest, I’m not sure if yesterday’s meeting between Joe Paterno and Mike Krzyzewski was in the works before the Tressel/Pryor scandal broke, but either way, it’s good timing for an event like this. ESPN has a lot of money tied up in college athletics, yet they are constantly forced to report on various rule-breaking that goes on in the university sporting scene. You can’t really blame them for creating something to balance out the scales a little bit. After all, when Joe Paterno’s teams don’t commit violations, it’s not a major news story (especially when they finish fourth or fifth or worse in the Big Ten).

Anyway, if you want to watch JoePa and Coach K talk about sports and life among other things, ESPN is airing this baby, titled Difference Makers: Life Lessons with Paterno and Krzyzewski, on June 30 at 8 PM EST. You can also hit the jump for some details from people who were actually there.

The Daily Collegian reports that the program was hosted by Rece Davis and lasted 90 minutes while the two legends talked about, “leadership, integrity and family.”

Don’t worry. It wasn’t as dull as it sounds:

When he discussed the importance of trusting his family and incorporating it into coaching the Blue Devils, Krzyzewski spoke of his three daughters’ involvement in his program.

Krzyzewski joked that he hopes his daughters can be close with his team, but not too close.

He added that advises his daughters to look for a good-looking man who they can trust.

Paterno was quick to respond to the Duke coach’s words of wisdom.

“I wonder what [Krzyzewski]’s wife’s father told her then,” Paterno quipped, sending a wave of laughter through the audience.

He’s still got it.

Other guests with speaking roles included PSU alums Matt Millen and Michael Robinson as well as Dukies Jay Bilas and Jay Williams. That’s the kind of star power that gets the PSU hoops squad kicked out of their practice gym. Seriously, though, this should be a decent program to watch for PSU fans, Duke fans or college sports fans in general, so be sure to check it out on June 30 on ESPN.

One More Thing

Ohio rolled Pennsylvania 50-14 in the Big 33 game this weekend. PSU defensive end recruit Shawn Oakman did not record a tackle.

Also, if you thought Pat Chambers wouldn’t meet Coach K until PSU won the national title and then faced Duke in the next year’s Big Ten/ACC challenge, you were wrong.

Tags: Joe Paterno Mike Krzyzewski Pat Chambers Shawn Oakman